Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg

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This article is about the current Catholic diocese. For the Episcopal diocese, formerly known as the Diocese of Harrisburg, see Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.
Diocese of Harrisburg
Diœcesis Harrisburgensis
Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg.svg
The coat of arms of the Diocese of Harrisburg
Country United States
Territory Counties of Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union and York, Pennsylvania
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Area 7,660 sq mi (19,800 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2006)
247,492 (12.2%)
Parishes 89
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established March 3, 1868
Cathedral St. Patrick's Cathedral
Patron saint Saint Patrick
Secular priests 150
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Father Ronald William Gainer
Metropolitan Archbishop Charles Joseph Chaput
Archbishop of Philadelphia
Diocese of Harrisburg map 1.png
Interior of the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Harrisburg

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg covers 15 counties of South Central Pennsylvania: Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union and York. The seat of the bishop is in St. Patrick's Cathedral (built 1907), which stands one block away from the Pennsylvania State Capitol.

Pope Blessed Pius IX erected the diocese on March 3, 1868.[1]

Diocesan bishops[edit]

  1. † Right Rev. Jeremiah F. Shanahan (1868-1886)
  2. † Right Rev. Thomas McGovern (1888-1898)
  3. † Right Rev. John W. Shanahan (1899-1916)
  4. † Most Rev. Philip R. McDevitt (1916-1935)
  5. † Most Rev. George L. Leech (1935-1971)
  6. † Most Rev. Joseph T. Daley (1971 - 1983)
  7. Most Rev. William Henry Keeler (1983 - 1989) (appointed archbishop of Baltimore on April 11, 1989; created cardinal on November 26, 1994; retired on July 12, 2007)
  8. † Most Rev. Nicholas C. Dattilo (1990 - 2004)
  9. Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades (2004 - 2010) (appointed bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, on November 14, 2009; installed on January 13, 2010)
  10. † Most Rev. Joseph P. McFadden (August 18, 2010 - May 2, 2013)
  11. Most Rev. Ronald William Gainer (March 19, 2014 - Present)

† = Deceased

Coadjutor and Auxiliary bishops[edit]

  • † [Lawrence Frederik Schott|Lawrence F. Schott (1956-1963)
  • † Joseph T. Daley (1963-1967); coadjutor bishop (1967-1971) (became diocesan bishop by right of succession)
  • William H. Keeler (1979-1983) (became diocesan bishop)

† = Deceased

Bishops who once were priests of the Diocese of Harrisburg[edit]

The following men began their service as priests in Harrisburg before being appointed bishops in Harrisburg or elsewhere:

Other priests[edit]

Other notable members (and their terms of service):

  • Most Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M. (1987–1998; served as an ecclesiastical judge and canonical consultant)(later Bishop of Trenton)

High schools[edit]

Special churches[edit]

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Conewago Township and the Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville are under the circumscription of the diocese.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About the Diocese". Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°16′52″N 76°48′05″W / 40.28116°N 76.80130°W / 40.28116; -76.80130